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As lawmakers move beyond the messages and rhetoric of Tuesday's State of the Union address and consider policy changes to stabilize the country's financial well-being, we thought it might be helpful to share with them some insights we've gleaned from America's Budget Heroes.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has outlined an immigration policy overhaul that includes a path to citizenship. President Barack Obama has publicly praised the plan. Now we want to hear from you. If you had the ear of a senator, or even the president, what would you want to share about your own experience with America’s… Read more »
As with many issues, how we feel about guns often depends on our experiences with them. Here, some gun owners share the stories of the nuanced relationships they have with firearms.
If you think everyone who chooses not to own a gun does so for the same reasons, read these stories.
Veterans with other-than-honorable discharges who are not locked up are still in a sort of prison: They do not always qualify for Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation.
American troops are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan only to wait in line, joining a growing queue of veterans seeking compensation — payments and other support — from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities.
Across the country, local VA offices are struggling to process the backlog of more than 800,000 disability benefits claims. It can take months — sometimes more than a year — for veterans to find out how much, if at all, they’ll be compensated for health issues related to their service.
What if, instead of shaking your fist at the policy-makers yammering on TV, you could bring your own best ideas for solving America’s problems to the table? WAMU radio is offering that chance with their new Big Fix project.
Both stories keep the focus on the human stories behind the numbers.
As Patchwork Nation reporter Dave Gustafson continues his chats with voters in the convention cities of Charlotte and Tampa, he meets Mark Brisson, a Coast Guard graduate who went to college on the GI Bill and is now working toward a job in public service.